WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Due to conspiracy theories that said aliens are being kept by the government in Area 51, a county in Nevada is now working nonstop to provide sleeping areas for the almost 2M of alien fans who are planning to gather in the Air Force base.
- According to the County Commissioner of Lincoln, an influx of 500 to 1,000 people alone can already cause damage to a county whether big or small.
- Despite issues expected to come up with the event, the county has already cleared private and public areas and made available as campsites for the attendees.
What started out as a joke on Facebook is becoming a total nightmare for the residents of Lincoln County, Nevada as nearly 2 million truthers are set to troop to the highly classified Air Force base ‘Area 51’ due to the belief of conspiracy theorists that the government is harboring aliens for research.
Despite being the seventh largest county in the nation, Lincoln County’s population of 5,223 doesn’t bring in sufficient resources. With just 184 hotel rooms, two gas stations, one grocery store, and one hospital, how can it accommodate all of these alien fanatics?
Lincoln County Commissioner Varlin Higbee told VICE News that a population of more than a million going on a weekend visit to a county, big or small, would do damage.
“‘Storm Area 51’ was a shot to the hip. I don’t know how this is going to work,” said Higbee. He added saying, “They’ll suck the bottom out of those gas stations in a heartbeat.”
Nonetheless, the county has been working round the clock making campsites available on people’s private property as well as public property to make room for the masses of people expected to show up for the event.
Take for example the 10-room motel called Little A’Le’Inn located down the road from Area 51 in the town of Rachel. Although it is now fully booked, the owner also rents out campsites to house more “Storm Area 51” followers.
Even if majority of the devotees won’t show up, “we could still have issues with merely 500 or 1,000,” Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee, whose department has only 26 sworn police officers, told the Las Vegas Sun.
Moreover, the Air Force did not find the news amusing. In fact, a sign outside the gate of Area 51 reads, “We are authorized to use lethal force.” Additionally, a spokesperson told the Washington Post that anyone is prohibited from attempting to get into the training zone of American armed forces.
Aside from plans of marshaling the National Guard, patients in medical emergencies will have to be airlifted to Las Vegas since the country’s EMS consists of volunteers, according to Higbee.
He has also one more piece of advice- that is, bring lots of water. “This is the desert, out in the middle of nowhere, and it’s not very forgiving.”
Source: Vice News